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Spectropop V#0285

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 06/29/99

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       Volume #0285                            July 2, 1999   
      Crisp, clear, sparkling -- Perfect even at high volume  
    Subject:     Rama lama ding dong & all dat jazz!
    Received:    06/29/99 11:36 pm
    From:        The Warners,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    A few random thoughts...
    You mention Roger Nichols' song HARD TO SAY GOODBYE; apart
    from his most famous hits, my favorite Roger Nichols 
    composition is I NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD; written with Paul 
    Williams, the best version by far is by Dobie Gray. Do you
    know this song?
    Re: Martin Denny, did you know that the soundtrack of 
    Bruce Willis's next movie is entirely made up of classic 
    Martin Denny recordings?
    Interesting what you say about the possible influence that
    maestro Denny and Les Baxter had on The Beach Boys. I'm 
    always fascinated to learn which record labels of the past
    are favorites of collectors. So reading what Spectropop 
    subscribers say about White Whale and Del-Fi makes 
    particularly intriguing reading. 
    Am currently researching Ritchie Adams who was lead 
    vocalist of The Fireflies (YOU WERE MINE in 1959 on Ribbon) 
    and then cut some solo singles on Beltone, the east 
    coast label which got off to a great start in '61 with 
    Bobby Lewis's million-selling TOSSIN' AND TURNIN', written
    by Ritchie along with Malou Rene, the wife of Beltone's 
    musical director, Joe Rene. Ritchie the artist later 
    switched to Imperial amongst other labels. Finally, a 
    version of a Bonner & Gordon song which maybe not everyone
    knows...check out CELEBRATE by those grand old Londoners 
    known as Uriah Heep!
    Bye for now, 
    Harry the Hipster!
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    Subject:     Re: Elusive Butterfly
    Received:    07/02/99 12:31 am
    From:        WASE RADIO, wxxxxorg
    To:          Spectropop List,
    This is for Jimmy Botticelli:
    Petula Clark did a cover version of "Elusive Butterfly" on
    her "My Love" album released back in 1966. I used to work 
    at another station that had a copy of this album. Come to 
    think about it, the record belonged to one of my 
    co-workers. I heard it once. It is a nice cover. The album
    is in mono, and unfortunately it is out of print. Good luck 
    in finding a copy. 
    Michael Marvin
    Kool 103.5 Wase
    Elizabethtown, Ky.
    P.S.  Diane, we play "Navy Blue" here and I love it.
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    Subject:     Re: Elusive Butterflies
    Received:    07/02/99 12:31 am
    From:        Camotes,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Jimmy Botticelli wrote:
    >Does anyone know of any other covers of "Elusive 
    Aretha Franklin does a version of the Bob Lind classic
    on her Soul '69 album. I think it's great, tho no one else
    I've played the song for thinks so.
    Paul Roehl
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    Subject:     Elusive Butterfly
    Received:    07/02/99 12:31 am
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    DJJimmyxxxxm wrote:
    >the melody and arrangement of the song are in a room of
    >their own.
    Funny that. The "room" you speak of is perhaps Gold Star? 
    Sure sounds like Gold Star & the "clique" to my ears. God,
    I love the Nitzsche strings on this record. Elusive Butterfly 
    sounds simply glorious in stereo, by the way, with the strings 
    on one side isolated from the rhythm track on the other.
    I have the R.E.D. Tracks book in front of me, and it
    lists the following recordings (note that this reference book
    is NOT definitive - it only purports to list currently 
    available recordings, and even then there are many oversights).
    Bachelors - Collection
    Glen Campbell - 20 Golden Pieces (bet this is an interesting
    Val Doonican - Oldies but Goodies Vol 2
    Aretha Franklin - Soul 69
    Dolly Parton - The Collection
    I also discovered that Bobby Vee covered this on his "30
    Big Hits of the '60's" LP, produced by Dave Pell. Bet
    this is interesting too.
    Never heard any of 'em, but I can't imagine the Bob Lind
    version being topped. Lind's recording simply has to be 
    Gold Star and the "clique". The delay on the rhythm track 
    and the reverb on the strings are SO reminiscent of latter 
    day Philles-era Spector. 
    >the lyrics charmingly and naively 6T's Hippie-Sensibility 
    >bordering on the exploitative...
    The hippy trippy lyric doesn't diminish the fact that this 
    has all the qualities of a pure LA mid-sixties production 
    recorded by top notch players. This track is wonderful! A 
    great personal fave.
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    Subject:     European copyright laws
    Received:    07/02/99 12:31 am
    From:        Ian Chapman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
     John Rausch wrote:
    >I understand that overseas, after a certain time lapses, 
    >the copyright is not effective, hence so many import cds of
    >very hard to find recordings (here in the States). Many sound
    >as if they were taken directly from a vinyl source.
    It's not the case in the UK, where copyright laws still 
    stand, but it certainly is true of many other European 
    countries, especially Belgium, where a good many of those 
    import CDs you mention originate. That country seems to 
    churn out artists compilations by the truckload, most, as 
    you say, originating from vinyl sources, with no regard to
    the artist or whoever owns the rights to the recordings. 
    Some of the packaging can be inventive too.......I 
    remember quite recently being shown a Euro compilation of 
    tracks by Australian girl Patsy Ann Noble. The liner notes
    seemed strangely familiar........then I realised they'd 
    lifted a bio I'd written on Patsy Ann in "That Will Never 
    Happen Again"! Just photocopied the whole piece exactly as
    it appeared in the mag, shrunk it to fit a CD sleeve, and 
    hey, presto! Instant liner notes!
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    Subject:     Gretchen re: Bob Crewe
    Received:    07/02/99 12:31 am
    From:        Gretchen Christopher, Fleetwxxxxm
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Mention of Bob Crewe reminds me that he and I met at the 
    BMI Million Airs Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 
    the late '80's. 
    Among other honorees, I was there as a writer of "Come 
    Softly To Me" which had been broadcast over a million 
    times in the USA alone. (That had been acknowledged in the
    '70's; in the '90's I received another award for it being 
    broadcast over 2 million times.) 
    He said he'd like to write with me. I didn't know who he 
    was, only that he was remarkably good looking, and I 
    didn't know whether to take him seriously. 
    I asked someone else his name, since he'd said he'd like 
    to write with me. I think they said I should. 
    In any case, I was due to fly back to Seattle (and Olympia) 
    soon and did not take it upon myself to explore the 
    Hearing what Diane Renay (cute smiley face, Diane) and 
    others have written about him, I wish I had! 
    Gretchen Christopher
    AKA: The Fleetwoods
    PS: Feel free to pass my message and e-mail address on to him!
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    Subject:     Lee Hazlewood live at the Royal Festival Hall
    Received:    07/02/99 12:31 am
    From:        Rough Trade Shop,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    hello pop 'uns,
    Just thought I'd mention that I went to see Lee Hazlewood 
    on Monday at the Royal Festival Hall. He was absolutely 
    fantastic!!!! I would imagine that a fair amount of you 
    are fans if only through his stuff with nancy sinatra.
    He did a great set combining songs from his new album 
    (covers of 20s/30s jazz stuff), songs that people would 
    know really well (the fool, medley of 'nancy' hits...)
    and some old stuff that you wouldn't know unless you 
    had some of the rare albums (or someone had taped them for
    Highlights for me were 'the fool', 'feathers', 'pray them 
    bars away', 'dolly parton's guitar'. He also did a super 
    sleazy slow version of 'whole lotta shakin going on' (far 
    superior to the recorded version he did).
    All the songs were interspersed with little stories and 
    chatter which was great cos it explained some of the songs
    and also his voice is just so great to listen to! I'm 
    suprised that he doesn't do voiceovers (hey maybe he 
    does??????????) His backing band was mostly Swedish but Al 
    Casey was on guitar and he was cool too (he did two of his
    own songs when Lee went off for a while for a whisky 
    The support was the harry dean stanton band which was 
    kinda interesting but not really my cup of tea (too bar 
    band rockabilly) except for two Italian songs he did with 
    just guitar and accordion which were fantastic.
    Anyway, if Lee ever plays again (this was his first time 
    for 25 years !!) I can really recommend it....
     xxx delia xxxx
    p.s. Theres a cool compilation of french pop stuff that 
    just came in called 'atomic cafe' anyone heard it?? its 
    got some stuff i've heard by brigitte bardot, france gall,
    antoine etc, but also some great stuff I haven't....
    Rough Trade Record Shop web site
    The Family Way website
    to subscribe to the rough trade shop new releases mailing list 
    or the rough trade news and charts list or the neals yard 
    eclectic list send an email to and enter "subscribe" "newreleases"  
    "news" or "nealsnew" and "your name" (or nickname) in the body 
    of the email.
    eg.     subscribe    newreleases     laura
    Rough Trade shop, 130 Talbot Road, London , W11 1JA. U.K.
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    Subject:     Re: First 8 bars
    Received:    07/02/99 12:31 am
    From:        Michael "Doc Rock"  Kelly, docroxxxxom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    "WILLIAM STOS"  wrote:
    >And Diane,that`s interesting what you mention about using
    >the first 8 bars=no royalties.
    >Here's something a little interesting.  On my radio
    >station, we're allowed to play the first 30 seconds of a
    >song without writing it down on our playlists. 
    Here's something also interesting. In 17 years, I never 
    had to write down ANY songs I played on the air!
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    Subject:     Re: Doc Rock/Diane Renay - fanzines
    Received:    07/02/99 12:31 am
    From:        Michael "Doc Rock"  Kelly, docroxxxxom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    "WILLIAM STOS"  wrote:
    >What would you say is the most popular song used in
    >jingles?  My guess would be Wild Thing. 
    Well, Will, preliminarily speaking, I'd say "Peter Gunn."  
    A full analysis will take some time.
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    Subject:     Re: VDP's singles
    Received:    07/02/99 12:31 am
    From:        Stewart Mason, flamixxxxom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Tobias asks:
    >>such an outburst. So instead I yelled out "Do 'Come to the
    >>Sunshine'!" (just kidding).
    >You should've done that! Man, I was *so* let down when
    >the Song Cycle reissue came out and CTTS wasn't
    >included....I never understood that, why all his sixties'
    >singles were left off...
    The guy who runs Drag City Records was recently profiled 
    in MOJO -- he asked Van Dyke Parks himself if his label 
    could release a compilation of his early singles. VDP's 
    response was apparently, "No, I was doing too many drugs 
    in those days and consequently, the singles are not up to 
    my standards." I doubt they'll be reissued in Van Dyke's 
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    Subject:     The Tams
    Received:    07/02/99 12:31 am
    From:        Richard Globman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Sort of an interesting tidbit. The Tams, originally from 
    Atlanta, had quite a few hits in the southeast in the mid 
    to late '60's. They included What Kind of Fool (Do You 
    Think I Am), I've Been Hurt, Silly Little Girl, and the 
    beach music standard "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy."
    Unfortunately all the original members except one (Robert 
    Smith) have either passed away or retired. About a month 
    ago, I had the opportunity to hear the group in Auburn, 
    Alabama. And...about two weeks ago I saw them again in 
    Charlotte....with 5 completely different guys!
    After the Charlotte show I caught up with Robert...we knew
    each other from years ago because The Tams and the band I 
    used to play with played many of the same venues...and 
    asked him about this. Robert just laughed and told me that
    the group has so many bookings that they have 3 different 
    Tams lineups. He heads up one, Joe Pope's (Joe was the 
    original lead singer with the gravely voice who died about
    4 years ago) "baby" brother heads up another, and...get 
    this...Joe's grandson heads up the third.
    Kinda interesting, I thought. 
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    Subject:     Various
    Received:    07/02/99 12:31 am
    From:        Carol Kaye,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Jamie, please give my best to Brian Wilson and the 
    Wondermints (and Jeff Foskett) when you see them. I 
    recorded one side for the Wondermints (on Bali CD) fine 
    talents, good guys, really enjoyed them and they have the 
    greatest respect and admiration for Brian and his music --
    just knew that would be a good backup band for Bri and also
    was greatly impressed w/Jeff Foskett. Wonderful.
    BW never mentioned those names [Baxter/Denny] as far back 
    as I can remember, he could have, it just doesn't ring a 
    bell w/me. I have recorded w/Martin Denny just a little 
    (Don Randi said he did too, and in fact played some of the 
    piano things.....just quoting what he said), and I worked 
    quite a few of the Les Baxter film scoring dates for him. 
    Les was a fine arranger in those styles of music, pleasant
    to work for tho' sometimes a task-master (trying to get so 
    much music recorded in a short time etc.). 
    I first started to make a sliding mistake on Bob Lind's 
    "Elusive Butterfly" - the producer loved what was accidently 
    played, and requested that I play more of my 
    trademark slide got its start there (from almost making a was kind of a long time on certain same chords). 
    And I also happily played on the Lettermen's "Hurt So Bad" 
    lp, they were great to work for, absolutely. Tony was 
    hilarious with his humor. 
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